I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way. I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.
This was a book where I didn't really know what to expect, but loved every minute of it! I had a hard time putting this down once I started to read about Gypsy's story and was constantly wondering what was going to happen next.
Gypsy has grown up on the old Darley Plantation in South Carolina. She and nine other teens, called Cavies are kept there, educated and tested due to their special abilities. Gypsy has the ability to to touch a person and know the age they will die, her friend Mole can make things burn, Reaper can make a person's blood stop, Haint can disappear. All they have ever known is the confines of their compound and what their Professor and Philosopher has taught them. Their lives all come crashing down when the police show up and shut down Darley. Some of the teens, like Gypsy find that they have fathers or other relatives, others go to group homes. Now in the real world the Cavies have to navigate things like schools and friendships without letting their powers get the best of them and trying to figure out what they really are and who they can trust.
I loved Gypy's character. She has a special gift, yet believes she is not special enough; she wants to live a normal life, but has a fierce loyalty to the Cavies. I absolutely loved how Gypsy related many of her high school events back to Molly Ringwald movies. The premise of this book was awesome, it reminded me a bit of of X-Men, but was not outrightly so. I was really interested in all of the Cavies abilities and wished that they would have been showcased more, especially once their powers grew. I was interested in Gypsy's power, even if she thought that it was useless. Her power is really only used twice within the book. There is of course a bit of a love triangle within the book; however it is not overwhelming and I like how Gypsy handled herself. A lot happens at the end of this book where the Cavies begin to find out who they are and who to trust, it will be interesting to see where the next book is going to go.